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IOP Publishing implements co-review policy for entire journal portfolio, emphasizing supportive review process -

IOP Publishing (IOPP) is rolling out a new co-review policy across its entire owned journal portfolio as part of its commitment to ensuring an inclusive and supportive review process.

Early career researchers (ECRs) often support more experienced academics by contributing ideas or comments to peer review reports. Yet, according to a survey, 70% of ECRs say that their name was withheld from the editorial staff after they served as a reviewer or co-reviewer on a report, and they received no official recognition for their work.

IOPP’s co-review policy, which follows an initial trial across three journals, means that reviewers can formally invite a colleague to collaborate with them. By legitimizing the co-review practice, ECRs gain hands-on peer review experience, guidance from a mentor, and credit for their contributions. It also helps to expand the reviewer pool and provides experienced reviewers with the opportunity to support aspiring researchers while helping to alleviate their reviewing pressures.

When receiving an invitation to review a manuscript, researchers will now be offered the chance to ‘delegate with co-review’ and their chosen colleague will receive a formal invitation to join the review. The co-reviewer will then receive official recognition for their work through the Web of Science Reviewer Recognition Service.

IOPP’s Peer Review Excellence training and certification programme is another example of its commitment to increasing trust and standardizing the quality of the peer review process. Launched in 2020, it is completely free and helps ECRs to review with confidence through a blend of digital learning. ‘IOP trusted reviewer status’ can be achieved by demonstrating the ability to constructively critique scientific literature to an exceptional standard.

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